Sheriff's Office News
What About Body Worn Cameras, Sheriff?
Perspectives Matter . . . 

Sheriff Pat Garrett
The benefits of body worn cameras by police are comparable to in-car video recordings. They both provide an impartial recording of events. Body worn cameras have added flexibility of following the officer or deputy into the field (when they go out of range of an in-car camera). They can be activated by voice command or the push of a button.

The prevailing thought is that video offers an opportunity to strengthen officer and offender accountability and to decrease use of force complaints. This technology also has the benefit of protecting officers from unsubstantiated citizen complaints.

Oregon House Bill 2571 passed in June, with the support of Oregon Sheriffs and Chiefs of police. It basically requires jurisdictions that choose to deploy body worn cameras to have a policy that meets baseline requirements. It also exempts camera footage from public records disclosure largely to protect victims, unless the public interest warrants release.

Finally, we must all realize how much perspective matters. A deputy will not see every detail captured by video and may see details the video camera will miss. Senior Washington County Counsel Elmer Dickens shared his training materials to make this point, and I want to share them with you. 

Please see this presentation to set up the scenario, then watch the videos in numeric order as prompted.

Perspective Matters
Video 1

Perspective Matters Video 2

Perspective Matters Video 3

Perspective Matters Video 4
As your Sheriff, I can assure you that this agency will implement new technologies only after careful evaluation of the costs, risks, and potential benefits to law enforcement and the Washington County community. We plan to pilot such cameras in October. 


Sheriff Pat Garrett
How Fast Will You Know When There is an Emergency? 

Reverse 911 allows our communications center to send alerts to specific areas about police actions, fire evacuations, or many other situations. They can send the alert to people within a given radius of an emergency.

The messages provide information or instructions to help you know how to react. You must register to receive the alerts. You can receive the messages via your landline, cellular phone, email, and Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) phone.

On Monday, August 10, the Washington County Communications Center sent an alert to 7,000 Sherwood residents to warn that a train trestle fire was emitting toxic smoke. People needed to close windows and stay indoors. Only half of the residents received the message because so many have given up their landline telephones.

The great news is that you can register almost any type of phone. Sign up now to be sure you will get these disaster or high level emergency alerts. Registering takes less than a minute, and it is free!
Sheriff's Canines Train with Robots
Two Heads Can Be Better Than One!

Your Sheriff's Office Canine Team and Remotely Operated Vehicle Team (Robot Team) recently trained together to be better equipped for handling dangerous or volatile incidents in Washington County. These resources make deputies even more effective. For instance, robots can safely enter a hostage situation or a K-9 can track to the bad guy's hiding spot. Look at Taz's tongue!

Deputy Maller's K-9 Taz trains with a Robot
Don't Zone Out!

Texting, music, or other distractions can cause drivers to "zone out" in road construction areas. Another round of road improvement projects begins in our county next week.  

Road workers are doing their best to keep traffic flowing. Although that means open roads, there may be more limited one-way traffic controlled by flaggers in the evenings.

This Monday, August 17, from 8:00 pm to 6:00 am, please plan an extra 15 minutes for any evening commute along these routes:

170th Avenue
- Blanton Street to Tualatin Valley Highway

185th Avenue - Shaw Street to Tualatin Valley Highway
185th Avenue - Tualatin Valley Highway to Alexander Street

On August 21, a 72-hour closure begins at 7 pm:  SW Tualatin Sherwood Road - Oregon Street to Gerda Lane

Better yet, give road workers a break and choose alternate routes for the week - thank you!

Ongoing County Road Projects
SW Bates Road Closure (between August 1-31, 2015)

Yielding to Emergency Vehicles
When you hear sirens approach from any direction, you must immediately pull over to the right-hand side edge of the road or the curb (clear of any intersection) and come to a STOP.

Stay there until the emergency vehicle has passed or police tell you to move. Pretend they are going to help someone you know or love. That's all.

Fast & Furious in Real Life
About 10:10 pm on July 22, an Oregon State Trooper called out his pursuit from Tillamook on Highway 6 toward Washington County. The driver was a felon wanted for a "strong arm" rape in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He had fled New Mexico to the Netarts/Tillamook area to escape prosecution. Tillamook SWAT had just missed him leaving a house in Netarts on the Oregon coast. Police also had information that the driver wanted to commit suicide by engaging police.

With speeds topping 100 mph, the trooper momentarily lost sight of the suspect near milepost 6, but other motorists reported his route to dispatch at milepost 11 (nice job motorists!). Multiple Washington County deputies launched into action, and the trooper located the suspect at milepost 34 traveling 130 mph.

A patrol vehicle with emergency lights on.A deputy joined the pursuit at the Highway 6 and 47 intersection. As the suspect passed cars in the oncoming lanes, more deputies got into position with spike strips. They successfully spiked the suspect vehicle while it was traveling at 104 mph on Highway 6 near the Sunset on-ramp.  They hoped to stop him from entering the freeway. His tires were successfully spiked a second time, but the pursuit continued.

The driver left Highway 26 just east of NW Mountaindale Road onto a gravel road. He went 4x4 into a field and hit a ditch, launching the car with the driver's door open and disabled the vehicle upon landing. The driver bailed and ran on foot about a quarter mile into a heavily wooded area, but he was quickly located by a tracking K-9 and taken into custody at 11:15 pm.

We thank all agencies that supported this pursuit and those who closed down several main highways to prevent loss of life: Oregon State Police, Washington County Deputies, Oregon Department of Transportation, and all the officers and K-9 teams that responded from the Beaverton, Hillsboro, Portland, and Tigard police departments.

From Tillamook County, it was a fast 65 minutes of seamless teamwork that led to the capture of this wanted fugitive without anyone suffering injuries or property damage. The driver was charged with multiple counts of Attempting to Elude Police, Reckless Driving, Reckless Endangering Another, and for being a fugitive wanted on a felony warrant for Rape. 
Community News

Citizen Saves a Life
07-18-15 -- Portland -- Just after 2 pm, an elderly woman accidentally accelerated her vehicle into a gas pump, causing a gas station fire. Bystanders were unable to help her out of the car because the doors were locked, until a young man walked up and punched out the window and pulled the woman through the window to safety. The good samaritan escaped injury, and the woman was treated for smoke inhalation. It all happened within minutes. We commend the heroic efforts of the guy who saved the life of another without hesitation.

Minor in Possession Party 
08-05-15 -- Hillsboro -- Around 11 pm, multiple deputies responded to a report of a very large teenage party in a neighborhood near The Reserve Golf Course. Multiple complaints were regarding parked cars blocking the road and residential driveways.

Once deputies arrived on scene, the estimated 500 party goers scattered in all directions. One caller claimed that the teens looked as if they were "spreading like cockroaches."

Deputies ended up citing 22 juveniles for Minor in Possession of Alcohol, and one was cited for DUII. The night ended with many parents taking their kids back home.

One Call Solves Another in Aloha 
08-09-15 -- Aloha -- on a Sunday morning, a deputy took a stolen vehicle report. Later that same morning, deputies responded to a burglary in progress at an abandoned residence in the same community. Deputies arrived just in time to see the male suspect leaving in the stolen vehicle. They safely stopped the vehicle and arrested the driver for Unlawful Use of a Motor Vehicle, Criminal Trespass, and Criminal Mischief. Read more.

More Sheriff's Office Media Releases

We Want to Thank the Many Communities For Making This Year's National Night Out a Success.
See You Next Year!

Washington County Posse 
Sheriff Garrett and the new Cornelius Bicycle Patrol

Crime Reports icon
Where Have Deputies Been Working?
Find Out Through Crime Reports Online

This link to Crime Reports automatically opens with a view of all requests for police service (except traffic) in unincorporated Washington County during the last 30 days.
  • Click on this link
  • Enter your address to view your area
  • If you live in Banks, Cornelius, or Gaston, type your city in this format: "Cornelius, OR"
  • Click on map markers to view call details
  • Use the Advanced Search to change time periods, add traffic data, etc.

Keep in mind, these are requests for police service, not confirmed crimes.

Believe it or Not!

An altercation occurred between two inmates 
staying at the Community Corrections (work release) facility across the street from your Sheriff's Office.

When the deputy arrived to interview the two men involved, the suspect admitted to striking the victim in the face because . . . the victim repeatedly "passed gas" in the main living area of their dorm.

The "offended offender" was arrested for Harassment and for violating the terms of his parole.

That really stinks.
This Month's "Most Wanted" 

The following people are wanted for committing crimes. Do not approach them.

If you see them or have information to share with law enforcement, please call the Sheriff's 24-Hour Records Office at (503) 846-2700 or non-emergency dispatch at (503) 629-0111.

Wanted flyers are online - click on a photo or visit:

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